Ten-man Swindon held on to earn a point in a lively match against Bristol City.

City's Wade Elliott had the best chance of the opening period but his side-footed effort was saved.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas struck the post for the hosts, before Town midfielder Alex Pritchard was shown a straight red card for shoving Elliott to the ground.

The home side pressed hard, but Sam Baldock's header drifted wide and Emmanuel-Thomas shot tamely at Wes Foderingham as the visitors held out.

Mark Cooper's side may even have won it themselves but for goalkeeper Frank Fielding turning Ryan Harley's free-kick around the post and then producing a stunning double save to deny Michael Smith.

The result leaves Bristol City in 15th in League One, five points clear of the relegation zone, while Swindon remain ninth.

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:

"We started the game well and then I felt that Swindon came back into the game.

"I think we had the better opportunities in the first half. Had we taken one of those, it would have been a different game.

"When it became 11 against 10, we know what that's like. We had the same situation a few days ago and know how tough that can become."

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper told BBC Wiltshire:

"I'm very pleased with the effort. People question our spirit and desire but hopefully that's answered one or two critics.

"We were pretty comfortable at half-time, obviously the second half was a bit different. After [the red-card for Alex Pritchard] the 10 remaining players were outstanding.

"We reshuffled a little bit, it was a fantastic effort from the players.

"We've had to throw bodies on the line, they know they can rely on each other."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (6)

Bristol City

  • 01 Fielding
  • 08 Elliott Booked (Paterson - 72' )
  • 02 Moloney (Burns - 67' )
  • 35 Osborne
  • 36 Nosworthy
  • 03 Williams Booked
  • 17 Cunningham
  • 34 Gillett
  • 10 Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 09 Baldock
  • 11 Wagstaff Booked (Pack - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 15 Bryan
  • 19 Pearson
  • 21 Pack
  • 23 Barnett
  • 24 Paterson
  • 27 Burns
  • 32 Richards

Swindon Town

  • 01 Foderingham
  • 02 Thompson Booked
  • 14 McEveley Booked (Smith - 86' )
  • 04 Luongo
  • 40 Stephens
  • 41 Archibald-Henville
  • 11 Pritchard Dismissed
  • 19 Thompson Booked
  • 28 Smith
  • 33 Barker (Kasim - 66' )
  • 07 Harley (Gladwin - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 15 Kasim
  • 21 Smith
  • 23 Barthram
  • 25 Belford
  • 29 Branco
  • 39 Gladwin
  • 42 Randall-Hurran
Ref: Trevor Kettle
Att: 14,884

Match Stats

Shots

16 9

On target

5 3

Corners

10 1

Fouls

11 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bristol City 0, Swindon Town 0.

90:00 +5:15 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bristol City 0, Swindon Town 0.

90:00 +4:54

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Troy Archibald-Henville.

90:00 +3:45

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Ben Gladwin.

90:00 +3:36

Attempt blocked. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +0:59

Hand ball by Yaser Kasim (Swindon Town).

89:39

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Yaser Kasim.

89:27

Attempt blocked. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

85:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swindon Town. Alex Smith replaces James McEveley.

84:43

Attempt saved. Martin Paterson (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

84:35

Attempt saved. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

84:05

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Louis Thompson.

83:23

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by James McEveley.

82:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swindon Town. Ben Gladwin replaces Ryan Harley.

81:35

Attempt blocked. Wes Burns (Bristol City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

80:48

Foul by Martin Paterson (Bristol City).

80:48

Wes Foderingham (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:13

Attempt saved. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

77:21

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

77:21

Jack Stephens (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:21

Attempt missed. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

75:17

Attempt blocked. Derrick Williams (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

74:01

Derrick Williams (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:01

Foul by Michael Smith (Swindon Town).

72:16

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by James McEveley.

71:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Martin Paterson replaces Wade Elliott.

66:53 Booking

Booking Derrick Williams (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

66:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Marlon Pack replaces Scott Wagstaff.

66:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Wes Burns replaces Brendan Moloney.

65:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swindon Town. Yaser Kasim replaces George Barker.

63:39 Booking

Booking James McEveley (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card.

63:36

Brendan Moloney (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

63:36

Foul by James McEveley (Swindon Town).

61:43

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Nathan Thompson.

56:47

Attempt saved. Michael Smith (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

56:36

Attempt saved. Michael Smith (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

56:05

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Frank Fielding.

55:53

Attempt saved. Ryan Harley (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

55:05 Booking

Booking Wade Elliott (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

54:19 Dismissal

Dismissal Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town) is shown the red card for fighting.

54:02

Foul by Wade Elliott (Bristol City).

54:02

Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:51

Attempt missed. Greg Cunningham (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

52:42

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box.

51:22

Attempt saved. Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

47:36

Attempt blocked. Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

45:00

Second Half begins Bristol City 0, Swindon Town 0.

45:00 +1:46 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bristol City 0, Swindon Town 0.

45:00 +1:05

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Troy Archibald-Henville.

45:00 +0:36

Foul by Wade Elliott (Bristol City).

45:00 +0:36

Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:14

Attempt blocked. Brendan Moloney (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

41:13

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by James McEveley.

38:49 Booking

Booking Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

38:41

Foul by Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City).

38:41

Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:11

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Jack Stephens.

33:40

Attempt blocked. Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

32:44

Attempt missed. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

31:27

Attempt missed. Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

29:33

Attempt blocked. Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked.

27:34 Booking

Booking Nathan Thompson (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card.

27:30

Greg Cunningham (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:30

Foul by Nathan Thompson (Swindon Town).

25:00

Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:57

Foul by Wade Elliott (Bristol City).

23:07

Attempt missed. Troy Archibald-Henville (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

22:24

Foul by Greg Cunningham (Bristol City).

22:24

Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

21:38

Attempt blocked. Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

21:25

Attempt saved. Wade Elliott (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

19:12

Foul by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City).

19:12

Louis Thompson (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:55

Attempt missed. Jack Stephens (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

15:08

Foul by Simon Gillett (Bristol City).

15:08

Nathan Thompson (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

14:40

Foul by Wade Elliott (Bristol City).

14:40

Michael Smith (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:15

Attempt blocked. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

12:37

Derrick Williams (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:37

Foul by Jack Stephens (Swindon Town).

12:12

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by James McEveley.

10:38

Foul by Greg Cunningham (Bristol City).

10:38

Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

4:25

Foul by Troy Archibald-Henville (Swindon Town).

4:25

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:17 Booking

Booking Louis Thompson (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card.

1:03

Foul by Louis Thompson (Swindon Town).

1:03

Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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